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UNI Classic Upward Bound Students Making Strides

We are gearing up for another busy season here at the University of Northern Iowa Classic Upward Bound Program! Our students are wrapping up their first semester testing and ready to dive into 2nd semester. They are also getting ready to set their course schedules for the following year of school. We work closely with them and their school counselors to ensure they are signing up for a rigorous course load. Our scholars are back from Winter Break and are back into the routine of attending tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays as they gear up for their semester tests. In addition to school activities, we have enjoyed a fun-filled fall and winter cheering on our robotics team at competitions. We have watched them work tirelessly on their robots during the weekday and on the weekends. As the students continue competing, we have high hopes of returning to the World Competition in April!

Our students have engaged in college visits around Iowa and have been exposed to many different campus experiences. We also meet with each class once a month to discuss grade specific information and to make sure our scholars have all the information they need to be successful in high school and beyond. Our freshmen are still developing their critical skills. Our juniors have all registered for the ACT and to assist them with this test, we are enrolling them in our UNI-CUE ACT prep sessions. Our seniors have all applied to college and continue to work on both college and scholarship applications.

Our program is also preparing to begin recruiting 8th graders for our summer program. In the next couple of months we will be recruiting in the four middle schools. We will be presenting to the 8th grade students on why to enroll in the University of Northern Iowa Classic Upward Bound Program and what supportive services are offered. After a student applies by completing an application the next step is to have an interview with the student and their parents to ensure both parties understand the program as a whole. Then, if they are selected, they join us on campus over the summer. Also, our staff has begun to plan to the summer program and will continue to do so for the next few months! We are looking forward to our scholars finishing the school year strong!

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